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Melodramen von Schumann, Liszt, Strauss, Ullmann / Fischer-Dieskau


Release Date: 06/28/2005 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 4775320   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard StraussRobert SchumannViktor UllmannFranz Liszt
Performer:  Burkhard KehringDietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Since his retirement from singing in 1992, Fischer-Dieskau has often appeared as a reciter in ‘melodrama’ – a curious hybrid medium that combines and alternates narration with musical fragments. The range and strength of his voice are remarkable for a man nearing 80, while his verbal colouring and dramatic timing recall the master Lieder singer. Pianist Burkhard Kehring, too, makes the most of his descriptive opportunities. That said, the musical content of these discs is pretty thin. Few will disagree with Strauss’s own verdict on his sentimental treatment of Tennyson’s ballad Enoch Arden as ‘an occasional piece of rubbish’. There is more atmosphere in Victor Ullmann’s music for Rilke’s surreal novella Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Read more Cornets Christoph Rilke, written shortly before his death in Auschwitz. But the most memorable – or perhaps the least forgettable – musical invention is in the shorter pieces by Schumann and, especially, Liszt, whose gift for the macabre was evidently stirred by the grisly Gothic ballads Lenore and Der traurige Mönch (The Woeful Monk).

Performance: 4 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Richard Wigmore, BBC Music Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Enoch Arden, Op. 38 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Burkhard Kehring (Piano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Spoken Vocals)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/2003 
Venue:  Scoring Stage, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 54 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: German 
2.
Schön Hedwig, Op. 106 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Spoken Vocals), Burkhard Kehring (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/2003 
Venue:  Scoring Stage, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: German 
3.
Balladen (2), Op. 122: no 1, Ballade vom Haideknaben by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Spoken Vocals), Burkhard Kehring (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852-1853; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/2003 
Venue:  Scoring Stage, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: German 
4.
Balladen (2), Op. 122: no 2, Die Flüchtlinge by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Burkhard Kehring (Piano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Spoken Vocals)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852-1853; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/2003 
Venue:  Scoring Stage, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: German 
5.
Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke by Viktor Ullmann
Performer:  Burkhard Kehring (Piano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Spoken Vocals)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; Theresienstadt, Czec 
Date of Recording: 01/2003 
Venue:  Scoring Stage, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 46 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: German 
6.
Der traurige Mönch, S 348 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Spoken Vocals), Burkhard Kehring (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1860; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/2003 
Venue:  Scoring Stage, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: German 
7.
Lenore, S 346 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Burkhard Kehring (Piano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Spoken Vocals)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858/1860; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/2003 
Venue:  Scoring Stage, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 11 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: German 

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